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BBC historian to visit Georgian gem in Walthamstow
A TV historian has been asked to back the restoration of a historic former asylum currently being used as student digs.
Dan Cruickshank, an art historian and BBC presenter, is to visit grade II-listed Chestnuts House in Hoe Street, Walthamstow.
The building, which dates back to 1745, was used as part of the Essex County Lunatic Asylum at the beginning of the 20th century.
Mr Cruickshank was invited by the Waltham Forest Business Board, which hopes to attract lottery funding for the refurbishment.
Board member Tim Bennett-Goodman said: "It needs bucket-loads of TLC and that’s precisely what we intend to give it with, hopefully, Heritage Lottery funding and the support of expert champions such as Dan."
Chestnuts House was also used as a girl's school and a technical college.
In an emailed response to the invitation, Mr Cruikshank wrote: “Goodness - what an amazing house - I’d love to see it”
He is due to visit on September 24.
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